What is Homeopathy?

Homoeopathy is a system of complementary, energetic medicine with a two hundred year history of observation, exploration and practical, clinical experience.

The word Homeopathy comes from the Greek words “Homoios” which means similar and “pathos” meaning suffering.
One of the fundamental principles is known as “Like cures like” or the Law of Similars, which dates back to Hippocrates and found in Ancient Egyptian and Greek medicine. The Law of Similars states that a substance which can cause a particular pattern of affects can also be used to stimulate a healing response to a similar picture of symptoms.

In Homeopathic practice we use this by prescribing smaller, more dilute, dynamic amounts of a substance to address a symptom pattern of imbalance and dis-ease.

There are thousands of Homeopathic remedies, made from a huge range of sources in nature and the world around us, including many different plants, minerals and elements. Remedies carry the pattern of the source substance as well as different levels of energy or potency. Each remedy is prescribed depending on what is most appropriate for you.

Remedies are given with the intention to work with your own body, immune and energy systems to stimulate a self-healing and balancing response. It is the reaction in each person to a homeopathic stimulus which can bring about the restoration of balance, health and wellness.


How will it benefit me and my baby/children ?

Many of us look for holistic and different ways to support our health and well-being when pregnant or with a new baby, and we want safe, non- toxic solutions.

Homoeopathic remedies are non-toxic, safe and gentle and so are ideal for use during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and for babies and children.

There are many so-called “minor” complaints of pregnancy which we might think we just need to get on with – like heartburn, nausea, ligament and pelvic pain as well as anxieties, fears and uncertainties. How you experience any of these symptoms is important, what makes you feel better or worse  are clues to which remedy might help you.

You may want to explore other support and tools to have available during labour and for immediately post-birth.

After birth we might want something to aid normal physical healing, or for emotional and physical support after more difficult birth experiences for both ourselves and our babies.

Amongst the range of things available to you, for pregnancy, the post-natal weeks, for breastfeeding problems, unsettled, “colicky”, teething or sleepless babies, you might want to consider  homeopathy.

You may want to try using homeopathy for conditions like diarrhoea, ear infections, respiratory tract infections and eczema.


Want to know more ?

Pick up leaflets on “Homeopathy Pregnancy and Childbirth”, and “Homeopathy for Babies and Children” which you can find in the Consulting Room or outside the office in the hanging leaflet display at the PPC.

Or See links below to research studies and more information

 Friese K-H, et al. Homeopathic treatment of otitis media in children: comparisons with conventional therapy. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther, 1997; 35: 296-301.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=9247843




People consult a homoeopath for a variety of reasons; from a general sense that they could feel better and have more energy, through acute illnesses, or for help with more deep seated and limiting health challenges.

Homoeopathy can be used alongside any treatment and advice you may choose to receive from medical or other complementary practitioners.


What to expect at a consultation

I’ll want to know what you would like help with, for you or your baby or child.  I might ask about your medical history, lifestyle and the things which bother you  any physical symptoms you have, how you are in yourself, what concerns you, any stresses and worries you have.

We are unique, experiencing illness and dis-ease in individual ways. With homoeopathy, the totality of your emotional, mental and physical symptoms are seen as important expressions of your health and state of being.

Health, illness and healing are all fluid, dynamic and constantly moving not single static events.

After we meet I will look for the best remedy for you and post it with clear instructions of how to take it. I’ll suggest an initial follow-up session scheduled in  between 2-6 weeks time to find out how you have responded to the remedy.


If you are pregnant it would be ideal to come along as early as possible in your pregnancy, but if you are reading this at 38 weeks and have only just discovered homeopathy – please just come along now.


Childbirth Remedy Kits:

There are remedy kits available which are tailored for use around birth.  These are available to buy from homeopathic pharmacies.

If you would like to use these remedies it is a good idea to have individualised Homeopathy during your pregnancy and later in pregnancy to discuss what remedies are most likely to be of use to you.

I offer to meet with women and their partners, doulas or midwives to explain how and when to use the remedies if they are needed.  I can provide or suggest other remedies more specifically suited to you around the time of labour and birth.


About me:

I have used Homeopathy personally since the age of 18, through all my pregnancies and with my three children, two of whom are now adults. Homeopathy has been invaluable in supporting the health and well-being of myself and my family.

I finished a 4 year training course in Homeopathy in 1998 and since then have continued learning through study, seminars, courses, professional supervision and Continuing Professional Development.


More information and how to book

To book an appointment or for more information please do get in touch with me. I am very happy to answer your questions or to offer a free 15 minute appointment with you if you would find that helpful.


Lyssa Clayton


0131 447 3248





In keeping with the PPC ethos, I do not want anyone to be unable to access Homeopathy for purely financial reasons. If you are in receipt of benefits or on a particularly low income and would like a concession please do get in touch and  we can work out a manageable arrangement for you.   Different rates for different family circumstances are noted below.

Initial appointment: 1 hour 30 minutes: £65 / 50 / 35
Follow-up sessions: 1 hour: £50 / 35/ 25
Babies and children up to 5 years
Initial 1 hour and 30 minutes: £55 / £40 / 35
Follow-ups 1 hour: £ 40 / 30 / 25
Fees include remedy prescribed.
Appoinments are usually scheduled at 3-6 week intervals
Acute short appointments 30 minutes: £25

Payment can be made by cash or cheque or by bank transfer



Rescheduling / Cancellations

If you know you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment please do give me as much notice as possible so that the time can be made available to someone else who might need it.

For appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice £20 is charged, for missed appointments or those cancelled on the day the full consultation fee is usually charged.